This just came across my mind and I have difficulty I making up my mind when I got asked this.
The question is quite simple, given the scenario where pain is minimal, say pain intensity is between 1 and 4 with not so high dosage of narcotic meds, would you try a bigger surgery like fusion in your spine which could fix everything or make it much worse. Which would you choose?
After my previous surgery, I'm not sure whether I felt better than I was. I probably feel worse from my knowledge. Maybe I'm just on a good mix of my meds now where pain is lingering at 5 or lower. maybe coming out of my flare up which hit 9 last couple of days, but thinking if it's the right mix of meds, should I even consider surgery? Meds can affect me in the long run, but those of us who has lived our life in severe and unbearable pain, we get scared about changes in meds and whatever might make our situation worse when it is already so bad.
Im very interested in what you all have to say considering the meds obviously affects you later in life.